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About Doral Estates Miami

Doral Estates is an exclusive community within the City of Doral highlighted by three major residential areas. Doral Estates is divided into The Homes of Doral Estates, Doral Colony Townhomes and The Fairway Villas. These residential communities walk through wonderful lakes and the six golf courses of the legendary Doral Country Club allowing residents to drive to the club in their own golf-carts.

Doral Estates Amenities:
- Gated Community
- 24-hr Security Guard
- Covered and Uncovered Parking
- Pool (Selected homes)
- Minutes from Downtown Doral
- Close to Major Express Ways
- Next to Shopping and fine dining


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Doral Estates - The Homes of Doral Estates - This is the earliest community in the Estates and arguably the most prestigious in the whole of Doral. While there were certain floor plans offered in the beginning, (in the 70's and early 80's), so much customization has occurred since, that only a trained eye can now know what was a "Golfview" or a "Leeward".

Another group of floor plans were offered later, and these models are a bit easier to spot, (the "Doral" or "St Andrews" for instance). Yet the community today does not have the repetitious "prettiness" of most planned communities in the area and indeed, many homes were custom built using independent architects. This is an established place that has harmoniously evolved over twenty years.

Driving through this area of substantial homes and manicured lawns, one may feel that this is everybody's idea of where they would most like to live in America, - not that it is easy to drive through. The residents value their privacy and the front entrance security is tough to pass unless one has a legitimate reason for so doing.

Doral Estates - The Fairway Homes - The newest community in Doral Estates, these free standing homes were completed in 1992. A notable feature is that all homes have superb views overlooking the golf course with oftentimes a lake. Homes are spacious and feature expansive windows. The living areas have lofty ceilings. Many properties also have private pools and/or screened terraces. These homes have proved good investments for the original buyers - resale prices have soared since this area was built.

There are three models at Fairway Homes at Doral Estates:

- The Augusta - a two-story 3 bedroom 2 bath from 2541 to 2783 sq ft
- The Balmoral - a two-story 3 bedroom 2 bath (with optional 4th bedroom) from 2553 to 2727 sq ft
- The Cypress Point - a two-story 3 bedroom 3 bath (with optional 4th bedroom) from 2146 to 2962 sq ft

Doral Estates - Doral Colony - Doral Colony was built in two phases, the first in 1983 and the second in 1988. Many of the homes feature panoramic lake and golf views sometimes with no other houses in sight! There are several models, as follows: (Cited square footage is taken from the Tax Rolls of Dade County).

Doral Colony First Phase

Unit A - a one story, 3 bedroom 2 bath at 2006 sq ft.
Unit C - a two story, 2 bedroom 2 bath at 2129 sq ft.
Unit D - a two story, 3 bedroom 3 bath at 2350 sq ft.
Unit E - a one story, 2 bedroom 2 bath at 2378 sq ft.

All of the above models have double garages with electric openers and many have significant upgrades and improvements. Both the "C" and "D" models feature working fireplaces and the "A" model features two attractive interior atriums. At least one of the Phase 1 homes even has a private swimming pool. Maintenance fees includes everything you can think of.

Doral Colony Second Phase

Barcelona - a one story, 2 bedroom 2 bath at 1680 sq ft.
Marbella - a one story, 3 bedroom 2 bath at 2035 sq ft.
Portofino - a two story, 3 bedroom 2 bath at 2110 sq ft.
Seville - a two story, 3 bedroom 3 bath at 2218 sq ft.

All of these models feature covered double garages with electric openers and central vacuum cleaning systems. All models are noticeably light and airy with large windows. Many of the current resale properties have been substantially upgraded.

Doral Estates is considered by many to be the more tranquil place to live in South Florida. The fact that the majority of the community is reserved for lush vegetation that provides amazing scenic vistas is only part of the reason this residential community has remained so natural and appealing. Doral Estates has a vast array of homes, villas and townhomes from luxury 5 bedroom homes to quaint townhome communities. Most Doral Estates real estate emphasize enjoying their golf course location and year-round beautiful weather by providing amenities and residential features that allow residents to further enjoy these privileges.

About Doral Estates and the City of Doral

Doral is a city located in north-central Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. A suburb of Miami, it lies north-west of Miami International Airport. It takes its name from the famous golf and spa resort located within its municipal boundaries. The Doral Golf Resort & Spa was originally built by Doris and Alfred Kaskel, who coined "Doral" by combining their names. The City of Doral was incorporated along with Miami Gardens in 2003. As of the 2000 census, the population was 20,438. According to 2009 U.S. Census estimates, the city had a population of 46,000 making it one of the fastest growing cities in Miami-Dade County. For a city of its size, Doral has a large number of shops, financial institutions and businesses, especially importers and exporters, primarily because of its proximity to the Miami International Airport. In 2008, Fortune Small Business and CNN Money ranked Doral as 51 on a list of 100 cities with the best mix of business advantages and lifestyle appeal.

History of the City of Doral, Florida

From Everglades to Industrial Center to Hometown - The City of Doral (Based on information provided by Ciudad Doral article written by Cindy Rodriguez-Pereira)

1950-1980 In the late 1950s, real estate pioneer Alfred and Doris Kaskel purchased 2,400 acres of swampland between NW 36 Street and NW 74 Street and from NW 79 Avenue to NW 117 Avenue for about $49,000 with the intention of building a golf course and hotel. In 1962, the Kaskel's dream came true when they opened a hotel and country club that featured the Blue, Red and Par 3 golf courses. They named it Doral - a combination of Alfred and Doris.

According to a story in The Miami Herald, Alfred was born in Poland and migrated to New York when he was 21 years old and became a real estate developer. His first project was building 15,000 apartments in New York. After marrying Doris, the Kaskels moved south and built the Doral Beach Hotel and the Carillon Hotel on Miami Beach. Once the Country Club was built, guests were transported from the Beach to the Country Club for a day on the golf course. As Doral's very first structure, the Doral Hotel and Country Club became the area's hot spot. In the second year of operation, the Kaskels hosted the first Doral Open Invitational, Florida's major PGA event. Alfred offered $50,000 in prize money to attract well-known golfers. To put it in perspective, according to the South Florida Golf Foundation, there were only three other tournaments being held in Florida at the time with a combined total of $65,000 prize money.

Today, the Doral Golf Resort & Spa, located at NW 87 Avenue and NW 36 Street, is internationally famous for its golf courses, especially the Blue Monster, and still hosts the PGA Tour Tournament every year. The Spa, originally called the Saturnia International Spa, was added to the Resort in 1987 and is ranked as one of the top spa destinations in the US and the largest in the state of Florida. 1980-2000 By the early '80s, Doral started to experience the first spurts of growth when Alfred's and Doris' grandson Bill developed Doral Estates that was followed by a joint venture with Lennar Homes to build Doral Park. Both communities were named after the Hotel, a trend that was to be repeated many more times.

Younger families started flooding the area but had to travel to purchase even the most basic essentials, because there were no stores - or schools or parks. Although the majority of the original homes were investment properties or second homes, the early fulltime residents believed that the quality of life and the low housing costs far exceeded the lack of amenities and started coming together as a community. Traffic problems were nonexistent, except for the occasional escaped cow. There were more farms with cows, horses and chickens that people on NW 107 Avenue; NW 87 Avenue was just two lanes and NW 41 Street ended at NW 104 Avenue. From 1983-85, the county imposed a building moratorium for the area to protect the well fields. Once the ban was lifted, Doral experienced tremendous growth. The West Dade Federation of Homeowner Associations was formed in 1989 under the leadership of Morgan Levy to stand strong against any proposals that threatened the community's welfare. As a result of their efforts, a police station instead of a jail was built, higher development standards were implemented, and more lighting, roads and landscaping appeared in the area.

Incorporation began in earnest in 1995 with the realization that residents were paying a very high price for services received; they wanted more services at a reasonable price. The County met the first attempt at incorporation with a year's deferral. Doral had been classified as a "donor community," meaning that the taxes paid were more than the cost of operations. With the defferal, incorporation efforts intensified even more. The County was allowing unchecked growth that was detrimental to the residents. In 1996, the first election of the Community Council was held and soon-to-be County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Cancio, Sr., Mario Pita and Barbara B. Thomas were elected and three other members were appointed. The Council met every month to work on different projects and to address the needs of the community.

2000-Present In 2002, the Governor appointed Cancio to fill the remainder of Commissioner Miriam Alonso's term of office; she had been suspended after an arrest on felony charges. Doral residents hoped that his appointment would be the impetus to bring the community closer to incorporation, and Cancio did not let his community down. In the meantime, Cancio named Juan Carlos Bermudez, the City of Doral's first elected Mayor, as his replacement to the Community Council. Bermudez declined the offer and ran for the seat and was elected. At the time, Bermudez was president of One Doral, a civic organization formed to counteract the perceived influence of the West Dade Federation on the Council. The Miami Herald reported that Bermudez intended to create a transparent government in Doral by bringing a balance to the table. One Doral and the West Dade Federation were instrumental in the incorporation process.

In January 2003, following a seven year battle, 85% of the voters in Doral voted in favor of incorporation. At long last, they had their own new city with a local government and more service for their tax dollars. In June of the same year, 92% voted to accept the City Charter and elected their first Mayor and City Council - Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez, Vice Mayor Pete Cabrera, and Council Members Mike DiPietro, Sandra Ruiz, and Robert Van Name. In August, the City Council took their oath of office. In 2002, the KSL Hotel Corporation, the company now operating Doral Golf Resort & Spa, filed a lawsuit against Hotel Intercontinental for using Doral in its name. They also wanted the new City to pay $1,000 a month for 22 years for use of the name Doral. The elected officials went to bat and the Resort agreed not to charge for the name usage. The Hotel also reached an agreement and changed its name to Intercontinental at Doral Miami. The City of Doral has come a very long way in a very short time and is attracting positive attention from Fortune 100 corporations, mom-and-pop businesses, young families and retirees. More and more people are choosing Doral every day - For all the right reasons!

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